Chaska Council discusses levee plan for Athletic Park 30 Sep 11

Semi-annual flooding affects Athletic Park in Chaska. (Photo courtesy of Chaska Herald)

After years of seasonal flooding, Chaska’s Athletic Park may have seen its last spring under water. The city is considering building a levee to protect the historic park during flooding events.

The idea isn’t new; in the past, the Army Corps of Engineers had not allowed the city to build a levee since it fell within the floodway and could cause issues with flooding downstream. Now, the park has been removed from the floodway designation, although it is still the only Chaska property to remain in the city’s floodplain.

The Planning Commission and City Council will consider a levee project next month.

Athletic Park is also in the running for a Partners in Preservation historic grant, worth up to $125,000. To vote for the park, visit www.partnersinpreservation.com or www.facebook.com/partnersinpreservation.